Affably difficult to dislike, yet seldom transcendent as a solo artist, Ringo Starr would become the only ex-Beatle who failed to earn an individual chart-topper in his native Britain. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t hidden moments to enjoy.
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2012 marked a number of musical events, including the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do.” The limited-edition anniversary “Love Me Do” single represents just one of many Fab Four-related products released this past year.
Is the Harry Nilsson soundtrack to this children’s film, absent the script and Ringo Starr’s memorable narration, strong enough to stand on its own? Probably not. But as a gift of seldom-heard songs from a lost musical genius, it certainly delights.
It’s nearly two and half minutes into this film — during a friendly game of pool with son Giles — before you notice the hearing aid in George Martin’s ear. It’s a devastating reality for music lovers of every kind.
That broiling sax on the rollicking roadhouse blues “Turn Me Loose” sounds instantly familiar — and it should. After all, Mark Rivera has performed for decades with Billy Joel and Ringo Starr. That’s him on Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer,” too.
Steve Lukather, tirelessly active even after 35 years in the business, is rehearsing for upcoming 2012 tours with Ringo Starr and Toto, even as he works on a new studio recording.
Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart, collaborators on the former Beatles drummer’s last few studio releases, have a new project on tap: An original motion picture, called “Hole in the Fence.”
Joe Walsh goes in depth on his long-awaited new 2012 solo recording Analog Man, exploring its digital-age theme and what it was like to work with producer Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra fame.
This album was simultaneously the Beatles at their best, and the sound of a band disintegrating. Such is the power and magic of Abbey Road.
Joe Walsh returns with a suitable cranky old-man track — after all, the longtime Eagles guitarist turns 65 this year. Co-produced by Jeff Lynne of Electric Light Orchestra fame, “Analog Man” is available for streaming here.